Studies indicate that the foot’s biomechanics can not only be measured, but changed as well. Given athletes may possess unique biomechanics; certain biomechanics compositions can affect how hard their feet hit the ground when running along with their weight and speed.
Researchers at the University of Delaware in 2010 observed a group of test subjects that had particularly hard strides. Directions were given to the subjects on how to change their bodily alignment, concluding that their alterations were a permanent success. From this success, runners not only made softer steps but incurred fewer injuries in the process.
Biomechanics is very useful in understanding your body. For more information about your own biomechanics, check with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Wewill analyze your body composition and give you advice about how to improve your body’s alignment.
Biomechanics in Podiatry
Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.
A History of Biomechanics
- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.
Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.
Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.